Newsletter - July 2014     Yesterday's Catches, Today's River Levels, Tomorrow's Availability

Malloch Trophy Comes To Tweed

The highlight of last week was to be officially announced as the new sponsor of the now FishPal Malloch Trophy at the Scottish Game Fair in Scone.

FishPal Malloch Trophy

On the fishing front so far this month anglers fishing for trout have enjoyed some good sport, whilst those fishing for salmon and sea trout, have found sport has been mixed.

Willie Elliot, Tillmouth, 'We had a reasonable week last week and had good expectations for this week. However with a small rise of water on Tuesday the fishing has been slow' - read more.

Mick Charlton, Middle Pavilion, 'looking ahead the sea trout seem to have arrived and the grilse shouldn't be far away. And if you think about it the fish returning should be the offspring of the record year 2010, so hopefully we will get a good Autumn' - read more.

Ian Farr, Bemersyde, 'Overall a lot better week with 6 fish landed but 7 fish never stayed on the line, as water drops fishing will become harder with more stripping needed to get some movement in the pools but least we are seeing and catching some fish now' - read more.

Last year, not a single days fishing was lost in November and whilst it is still too early to try and forecast the weather, if you are looking to fish the back end on Tweed then fairly soon the last two weeks in November will be all that is left - Tweed availability.

Congratulations to Junction, winner of the June fish of the month competition with a beautiful 18lb fish - read more. To enter your Tweed salmon into the July competition please follow this link.

Congratulations to Julie Donald fishing Birgham Dub (1st July), on her second ever cast she caught her first salmon and is now hooked for life. Thank you for all the good news stories and please keep sending in your photographs to our 'Your Photos' page.

Tight lines everybody!

Mark Cockburn
CEO FishPal

FishPal Malloch Trophy

Malloch Trophy At The Scottish Game Fair

FishPal Malloch Trophy

The ceremony at Scone to present Shamus Jennings with the 2013 Savills Malloch Trophy was a well attended affair. Nigel Fell, head boatman on Boleside where the mammoth fish was caught was also in attendance picking up his award. After John Wood from the Tay Foundation made his speech it was the turn of Savills to formally announce that FishPal would now be the official sponsor of the Malloch Trophy and a huge thank you to all for your kind words of support - read more.

Thank you to Linda Mellor, professional field sports photographer and writer who captured the event perfectly through the lens of her camera - see photographs.

In the coming weeks Mark Cockburn will be announcing some new and exciting plans to help make sure we bring the FishPal Malloch Trophy to life.

32lb Tweed Salmon on a Single Handed Rod

Malloch Trophy Contender

Thank you to Ian Wilson who recounts his red letter day on Tweed last month. Below is an extract from his story.

I started applying more pressure, it came towards me fairly easily into the shallower water, at this point I thought, this fish does not know its hooked, Prompting it to shake its head and turn back downstream, line sped off the reel and the fish lunged out of the water, crashing onto its side as it sunk back into the depths. Turning, it headed back up stream tight against the far bank, aerial, it now showed its size – our calculations were growing as it became air borne again, 18lb to 20lbs, maybe bigger! - read more.

Keep up to date with Ian and his weekly updates on FishTweed here. Including the latest news from the FishPal Malloch Trophy entries from Tweed and ALL Scottish Rivers.

Tweed Ladies Day

Girl Power On Tweed

Thank you for the fantastic response from female anglers who travelled from the Far North of Scotland, USA and London to attend the charity ladies salmon days held this month for breast cancer charity, Casting For Recovery UK & Ireland.

Middle Pavilion looked splendid as it basked in the glorious sunshine. The ladies whose abilities ranged from complete beginners to experienced rods fished the beat hard with expert help and advice from ghillies Mick and Colin. After a sumptuous lunch, freshly prepared by talented local cook Mary Shields from Wild Dining, washed down with glasses of pink lemonade, the ladies were ready for the afternoon session. Congratulations to Mrs. Mandy Reed who finally caught her first salmon on the fly at 8lb, after losing two fish earlier in the day.

FishPal's Anne Woodcock said 'We have raised just over £2,000 for the charity. These days would not have been possible without the kind generosity of owners and their ghillies. Thank you to the following beats; Bywell (River Tyne), Meikleour & Islamouth (River Tay), Middle Pavilion (River Tweed) who have hosted ladies charity days this year' - photographs from the Tweed day.

Fishing In July

So far this month fishing has been challenging for a number of reasons, lack of rain and temperatures in to the late 50'sF and early 60'F. Fish were coming into the river off the tide last week, and those caught earlier this week have also been fresh. Hendersyde picked up sea-liced fish, but numbers for the whole river have been disappointing. On a positive note the following are enjoying good trout and sea trout fishing.

The two tributaries of bottom Tweed are productive rivers in their own right. The Whiteadder joins the Tweed from the north bank and enjoy some good runs of salmon and sea trout. The Till, which joins from the south bank at Tillmouth is also renown for its excellent sea trout fishing. The Tweed's main tributary, the River Teviot, joins the river at Kelso and can offer many angling opportunities to local and visiting anglers, at reasonable prices. The main tributaries of Middle Tweed are the Leader, Gala Water and the Ettrick. The Ettrick joins the river from the south bank, just above Galashiels at Boleside. Although not the largest tributary of the river, the Ettrick is certainly the most significant due to the fact that virtually all of the Tweed's Spring stock spawn in the Ettrick system - Find Fishing.

If you would like more information and advice on summer fishing for salmon, sea trout and brown trout, please contact Tom on 01573 470612 who can advise on a daily basis the best places to go on the river.

Tontine are offering special rates for FishTweed customers and their families. The Tontine Hotel, Peebles, is the perfect place to stay and enjoy summer trout and sea trout fishing on the Upper Tweed. Call 01721 720892 and mention FishTweed - read more.

Tontine Hotel Special Offers

Lines & Flies For July

Caledonia Fly Company

Anglers are fishing with floating lines and sinking tips. Leaders should be on the long side 8-10ft and 10-12lb breaking strain especially if you are using small flies. Flies should be doubles, trebles size 12-14, possibly reducing to a size 16 as water temperature increases. Malcolm Anderson, Caledonia Fly Company recommends his three top must have flies for July - read more.

We can't stress this enough - please contact your boatman a few days before your fishing to get advice on fly lines,leader and flies to use. Their contact details are within your booking confirmation - please contact the office on 01573 470612 if you have lost your booking confirmation or need it re-sending.

Habitat improvements in the headwaters

Tweed Forum

The third feature in a series of news from the Tweed Forum focuses on the headwaters, working closely with farmers and land owners to improve these important streams so they can support more flora and fauna.

There are over 12,500 km of watercourse in the catchment and much of this provides the production powerhouse of the fishery in terms of spawning and nursery areas for juvenile fish. Many of these areas have become degraded over time due to habitat loss, drainage, development and agricultural expansion - read more.

Luke Comins says "Tweed Forum is carrying habitat improvement work on many of the tributaries of the Tweed including Teviot, Gala Water, Ettrick and Yarrow, Till, Bowmont and Eddleston."

Latest Tweed News

Tweed News

For the latest fishing news, photographs and events updated daily, visit FishTweed on Facebook and Twitter.

Keep sharing your news, stories and photographs for the weekly Tweed report from Iain Wilson. Email

Do keep sending in your catch pictures standing in the river holding your fish Your Photos page.

If you would like more information on fishing in the Scottish Borders please contact Tom on 01573 470612. He can offer advice on beats, guides, instruction and places to stay.

In a sport where success can be directly related to the particular weather and water conditions, accurate information, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is invaluable. The FishTweed prospects page has all the information and links you need to keep up to date with the latest conditions.

And Finally

Sportquest Christmas Island

FishPal's international holiday partners Sportquest have just released some new dates for their hosted GT trips to Christmas Island.

Peter Collingsworth say's 'Just when you think things could not get any better we now have a brand new lodge, with hot showers, air conditioning and superior food. The lodge has two sizes of fiberglass boats offering access to water that some other lodges can only dream of reaching' - read more.